Friday, January 16, 2015

Hummingbird, Don't Fly Away

If I could be a bird, I would want to be a Hummingbird.  They're colorful, cute and they have a serious sweet tooth.  That's my kind of bird!!  Have you checked out all the beautiful Stampendous Hummingbird projects my teammates have posted this week?  If you haven't, you really should go check them out, lots of gorgeousness.  I chose to go very mixed media for mine.  Paints, inks, crunchy goodness, oh yeah!  Here's my card for today:

Here's an angled view of the glittery goodness I've added to my card:

Here's what I've used to create this card:

Twinkling H2O's in Key Lime, Sunflower and Pink Azalea
DecoArt® Traditions Hansa Yellow Acrylic Paint
DecoArt® Glamour Dust Glitter Paint in Aqua
Americana® Yellow Green Acrylic Paint
Americana® Hauser Light Green Acrylic Paint
Americana® Multi Surface Satin™ in Sky Blue
Liquitex® Inks in Quinacridone Magenta and Transparent Burnt Umber
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White Cover Stock
Magenta Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Jet Black Archival Ink™ by Ranger®
Beacon® 3-in-1 Paper Glue

Here's what I did to create this card:

  • I started off by adding some Sky Blue and Aqua paints to my Creative Palette, brayered it out, stamped my Mish Mesh stamps into the paint and printed my paper
  • I set the paper aside to dry but since I'm impatient, I dried it with my heat tool
  • Next I stamped my images onto the printed paper
  • I put dabs of yellow and green paints onto my paint palette and misted them with water to create a wash and added my greens and yellow paint to the images
  • In a small plastic container, I added one drop of magenta acrylic ink and added it to my flowers and bird
  • Once I had my dark pinks painted on, I spritzed the ink with water and thinned it down then added my lighter magenta to the flowers and bird as shown
  • I watered down just a tiny drop of the burnt umber and added it to the bird
  • Realizing that some Hummingbirds are somewhat iridescent, I decided to go over the bird only with the Twinkling H2O's
  • Next I created my card base with a tent fold
  • I trimmed my painted piece to fit on my card base as shown
  • I stamped my sentiment in black ink and adhered the image to the card base
  • It was time to play mad scientist and mix my glitters and fragments into a fun mix and I adhered the yumminess to my card with glue

I seriously love how this card turned out!  There's not a single element to it that I don't like.  I've been taking the Creative Jumpstart 2015 on-line workshop on Nathalie Kalbach's N*Studio blog and the various lessons have really inspired me and taught me some new tricks.  If you haven't signed up, it's not too late, you can sign up any time now.  It's so worth it! For this piece, I really think the glitter and fragment mix was the perfect finishing touch!  Here's the list with my teammates that are playing along today, I hope you'll check them out:

Lea Kimmel (me)

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I've inspired you to pull out some stamps, paint, ink and fun embellishments for some weekend play.  Whip out that Creative Palette and spread some paint for lots of creative fun; the possibilities are endless!  Have a wonderful day and I'll see you again soon!



  1. Please pass me a bucket! I am drooling over this gorgeous creation!! LOVE the glittery goodness and the colors are magnificent!! TFS!

  2. I am loving this so much- and ahhhh- you used my stamps - yeahh! love it!
    thank You!

  3. Completely awesome, Lea! Gorgeous colors and such great bling to your card. Thank you for sharing this week!

  4. This is gorgeous! I love all of the sparkle. Yummmmy!


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